Final Project: Bookbinding

An invitation by Catharine Slade Brooking enabled me to attend a bookbinding workshop with Chris Bradbury.  I feel very lucky to have discovered something new and so exciting.

Here’s a brief summary of some of the steps for the stitched and hard cover binding:

30 A4 pages folded in half


stitching 7 signatures:




The cover is added with glue by including two end papers and allowing movement in the spine:


Laser cutting pages to make the edge regular and neat:

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Book with fabric cover – A5 format

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I was very pleased with the outcome but I wish I had thought of varying the colours.  There are so many ways of binding a book that I would definitely like to experiment further. It may not happen before the completion of the final project though but it is definitely a new skill I will build on.